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How to Connect with Diverse Students

New Mexico EPSCoR is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We strive to establish an environment that exemplifies and promotes diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary).

At May’s annual All Hands Meeting for the NM SMART Grid Center, we charged our team members to come up with ideas of what they could do personally to engage a wide diversity of students at their institutions. The themes of “Involve. Encourage. Engage” emerged from over 100 contributions. So how can you encourage your students to engage from day 1 in your class?

Give me a Minute: Forecasting Solar Power Generation at the Minute Level

Ever wonder what other team members of the NM SMART Grid Center are doing? 
You should. 

Take the work of Computer Science Assistant Professor Abdullah Mueen, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Manel Martínez-Ramón, and their graduate students. Recently they developed techniques to forecast solar panel power generation in near real-time and with greater accuracy. 

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NM Science Fiesta & Teen Science Night Report-out

The Sci-Q (science quotient) of New Mexico went up during the week of June 22 to 29 when nearly 4,000 people participated in the NM EPSCoR-sponsored New Mexico Science Fiesta in events across the Albuquerque metro area. The celebration of science was coordinated by Explora and supported by dozens of organizations, ranging from STEM employers to community centers, colleges to dance studios, and national labs to city departments.

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EPSCoR Graduate Student Externships

Externships are funding opportunities for graduate students currently supported by NM EPSCoR to spend a semester at a national lab, industry or research facility, government agency, or higher education institution other than the student's host institution. Activities during this exchange may include conducting research or taking courses at the host institution, or participating in training. Each Externship will be funded up to $3,000. 

Best Consideration Deadline: July 26

GEM Fellowship Program (MS and PhD Funding)

GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships for underrepresented minorities (American Indian/Native, African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino) at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships. The fellowships are for graduate students in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Science. Students from NMSU and UNM are eligible for this funding!

Application Period: July 1 - Nov 12

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. 

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. 

Full Proposal Deadline: August 28, 2019 

New Funding Opportunities now open with DEPSCoR

A restructured version of DEPSCoR has been reauthorized by Congress and received $12 million in appropriations. The program is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of higher education institutions to "develop, plan, and execute science and engineering research" that is related to the mission of the Department of Defense.

Registration and submission Deadlines:
  • Applicants must register with by October 18, 2019
  • White Paper and Supporting Documents must be submitted by  October 25, 2019
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NM Research Spotlight Forum: Cybersecurity 

Sandia Labs and research university partners will present on current cybersecurity research projects and discuss collaboration interests related to the field. Details, registration, and more on the
official website.

AUGUST 13 - 14
Software Carpentry Workshop, NMSU

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the Unix Shell, programming with R, and version control with Git.
For more details, requirements, and links for workshop registration visit the NM carpentries website.

Workshop for College Computing Faculty & Staff 

The Lighthouse Workshop is for 2 Year and 4 year college faculty, staff, and administrators, interested in recruiting more diverse students to computer science and related courses, sponsored by the NMSU CS Department, the Young Women in Computing Program, and the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). For more information about this event visit the EPSCoR event page

Workshop for Middle & High School Teachers

The Tapestry Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers interested in teaching Computer Science is being sponsored by the NMSU CS Department, the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), and the Young Women in Computing Program. For more information about this event visit the EPSCoR event page

OCTOBER 27 - 30

National NSF EPSCoR Conference 

Hosted by the University of South Carolina Office of Research and the South Carolina EPSCoR Office, the 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference welcomes faculty, researchers, students and staff from EPSCoR jurisdictions around the country. Join us Sunday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 30 for enriching speakers, engaging breakout sessions and bustling student poster presentations in the heart of the Palmetto State’s capital city.For more information about this event, visit the conference website

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NM EPSCoR Impacts: O The Places You Will Go

Dr. Seuss succinctly captures the anticipation and pride all mentors/parents feel when they imagine the future for those they’ve cultivated. The sentiment is no different for Janie Chermak, Professor of Economics at UNM, who has been actively involved with EPSCoR for the past eleven years.
“It’s so nice to watch them move from being a student to being a self-sufficient researcher,” Professor Chermak says from a chair in her cheerily lit office.
The list of her students’ successes is long and begins...
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